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Missed TB diagnosis leads to death of mother and newborn daughter

Doctors are often at a disadvantage when diagnosing medical conditions. A lot of it is simply based upon a process of elimination after a review of the patient’s signs and symptoms. However, the expectation is that their education and experience has taught doctors to accurately identify what ailments their patients are suffering from.

Childbirth should be an exciting time for a family. Yet many often forget that it's still a complicated medical process that often requires the skill of a doctor or nurse in order to happen without complications. Immediately after birth, newborns are still at greater risk of injuries or illness due to their fragile state. Sadly, medical incidents and accidents involving newborns often result in death or leave the babies with lifelong health complications.

It isn't often when cases of a missed diagnosis and birth injuries or incidents combine, but in the rare cases that they do, the results are often tragic. Such appears to be the sad case with a Las Vegas family. The mother had been treated for a bacterial infection two days prior to giving birth to twin girls via c-section. The mother continued to suffer from the illness over the next two months, eventually requiring hospitalization. She ultimately died of what was discovered to be tuberculosis.

The father is now suing the Las Vegas hospital for not only missing the signs of his wife's TB, but also postpartum negligence for not taking proper precautions in keeping one of the babies isolated from her sick mother while the newborn was in the NICU. Sadly, she also contracted the illness and died shortly thereafter. The other twin also died, yet it wasn't determined if it was because of TB.

The pain and suffering one feels in the wake of the death of a loved one can never be adequately compensated. Yet if it's believed that the death was the result of negligence or incompetence by his or her healthcare provider, then surviving family or friends may be entitled to compensation. A personal injury attorney experienced in medical malpractice cases may be helpful to those seeking such compensation.

Source: KVVU Las Vegas "Family plans to sue Summerlin Hospital in mother's TB death" Aaron Barker, Nov. 07, 2013

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